COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital Football hosted the top team in NCAA Division III on Saturday afternoon, the University of Mount Union. Capital kept the game within reach through the first half but the Purple Raiders pulled away and kept the Crusaders' side of the scoreboard clean in a 45-0 decision favoring the guests.
Capital's start was very promising after forcing the Purple Raiders into a three-and-out on their opening drive. Capital was unable to score on each of its first two offensive drives, and then Mount Union marked up the scoreboard for the first time. Senior running back B.J. Mitchell broke off a 24-yard run for the game's first points, and helped give Mount a 7-0 lead.
Capital had its next drive stopped short after freshman David Barnett (Springfield, Ohio) had his first blemish of the season, fumbling the ball after a catch that would have converted a third-and-long opportunity. Two plays later, Mount Union quarterback Dom Davis hit Tim Kennedy for 70-yard touchdown pass to double the score.
Cap took a large chunk of time off the clock while driving down the field with its next drive, getting inside the 10-yard line on the Mount side, however an illegal touching penalty plus a sack on Capital's Thomas Wibbeler caused another attempt to convert a fourth down, which also came up short. Mount Union for score on the next drive to take the score to 21-0, but that also marked the score going into the half.
As Mount Union continued to score, Cap's offense struggled to finish drives, again getting inside the opponent's five-yard line and failing to come away with points. Sophomore Thomas Wibbeler (Zanesville, Ohio) was held to 180 yards on 15-for-34 tossing the rock. Barnett held to five catches and 68 yards.
Capital's defense came up with a trio of turnovers, while only committing one of their own. Capital's safety tandem of sophomore J.R. Garrigo (Miami, Fla.) and Austin White (Hebron, Ohio) each came up with one pick. For Garrigo, it was his second of the season, and took a touchdown away from Mount Union after he jumped a corner route in the end zone to make the interception.
Garrigo also led the team with 13 tackles and was one of three players to record a pass breakup.
Mount Union's Dom Davis went 16-for-23 and 326 yards, while posting four touchdowns and two interceptions. Running back Bradley Mitchell rushed 14 times for 184 yards and one touchdown.
Capital will take its show on the road to University Heights and play John Carroll University next Saturday, Oct. 22. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m.